By Tina Hidalgo Jacinto
Colorful ambience, a long table decked with glass cased lemons elaborately styled with calla lilies, and a garden of lemon trees had a lavish effect at the media launch of the latest Hermes Eau de citron noir. Beauty and elegance in yellow at the waterside, Solaire was a great escape from the stormy, gloomy morning. This cheerful theme was created by the genius of Hermès country manager Mario Katigbak. “I wanted lemons on a lemon tree, so they sewed each lemon on the tree,” said Mario, a master at creating sensational settings for his events.
Julien de Mestier, Hermès Parfums area manager for North Asia and Oceania, gave a short welcome speech where he said colognes are for anytime and for anyone; that it is unisex and has remarkable longevity. The chef prepared an amazing artisanal lunch menu. Eau de citron noir is expressed in a contrast of light and shadow, in a crisp and radical dark blue, complementing the rainbow colors of Hermès colognes.
Behind every great scent, there is a great perfumer. In Hermès’ case, it is Christine Nagel, Hermes’ in-house perfumer, who created the midday-to-midnight cologne. The infinite richness of the citrus family zest, flesh, pips combined with the mysterious, subtle smoky, and woody black lime captivated her. The result is the crystalline and fresh Eau de Citron noir, contemporary, vibrant, and elegant. Hermès colognes reach beyond age, fashion, genre, or season. The cologne, shower and cleansing gel, soap and moisturizing balm are available at Hermes Greenbelt 3, Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-La, Alabang and Cebu.
The PEN ultimate Father’s Day Dream Lounge
When it comes to a party’s success, it is atmosphere and location that clinches it. The Peninsula Manila’s Father’s Day celebration was a success with “The Pen Ultimate Father’s Day Dream Lounge.” Masterfully executed on that special day for fathers, the hotel celebrated and indulged dads by capturing the sophisticated ambience of a private gentleman’s club, and complemented it with its various activities for men. Carrying his cute five-month-old baby girl Margot, devoted father and genial general manager Mark Choon came with his charming wife Jennifer and son Franco. Mark said that the event was the Pen’s way of expressing gratitude for the exceptional men in our family’s lives. “The lounge gave us the opportunity to bring to life a unique and personalized way for dads to enjoy The Peninsula brand and those of our partners,” he added.
Rupert and I sat with Fred Borromeo, a gentleman of the old-school who came with his globetrotting daughter, Tatler Traveller editor, Mia Borromeo. Tito Fred is the perfect example of a Father’s Day image. He is a recognizable name in the business world. A caring man, he gave advice, from a father to another father, as he told Rupert: “I knew your father and mother very well. Continue the good work that he had started. I’m glad you’re both here. Now I am more relaxed.”
The festivities were anything but ordinary. The amiable emcee Mariano Garchitorena, The Peninsula Manila director of public relations, enlivened the event with a continuous raffle held every 30 minutes. The event featured influential brands with pop-up booths. The Back Alley Barbershop offered complimentary haircuts; Wine Depot and Apotheke mixed a mean gin and tonic; Jo Malone of London had an on-site engraver to etch initials on glass flacons and gave soothing hand treatments; there were the coolest doodads from Urban Traveller; Vintage Grail displayed some of their timepieces, like Patek Philippe and Rolex; Slow Days with their vinyls and audio equipment; a splendid Vespa red scooter was tried on by several dads, whose sale was earmarked for Global Fund HIV/AIDS; Smart Infinity showed the latest gizmos while a few enjoyed the Auro Chocolate, which provided artisanal chocolates and soft ice cream.